Katniss Hidden Traits

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Hidden Traits Throughout the novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, there are is a wide variety of different themes presented, but some are more prominent than others. One of the controlling ideas in the book was: when people are faced with the threat of death and tragedy it causes their strongest to traits to surface, and their true character immerges. Mrs. Collins does a great job of projecting these morals through the protagonist of the story, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss gradually reveals her hidden strength and defiance as the story progresses. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle…show more content…
He uses these devices to force tributes together and increase the likelihood of entertaining viewers with bloody battles. In chapter 20, he devises a feast to bring all the tributes together so that more can be slaughtered. There will be a backpack for each contestant at the feast which will contain something that they desperately need. Katniss has slowly caught feeling for her companion, Peeta, since they formed an alliance. Peeta has become extremely ill because of an infection on his leg, and has a likely chance of dying without medicine to treat him("The Hunger Games: Plot Summary."). Katniss wants to go alone to the feast and retrieve both her and Peeta’s backpacks, but Peeta refuses to allow her to risk her life for him and swears to follow her if she goes. Katniss knows her companion is too weak and ill to make the trip, but also understands that he is stubborn and will come unless he is stopped. While washing herself up stream, Katniss is greeted with a new gift from Haymich. It’s sleep syrup, a common medication used in the districts, and Katniss sees an opportunity to knock Peeta out long enough for her to go to the feast. This action by Katniss is a prominent example of Katniss’s hidden strength and bravery because she was willing to risk her life for the one person she truly trusted and cared for in the games. Her whole life, Katniss has put others before herself, and this character trait is put on display because of the threat of Peeta dying("Critical Reception of The Hunger
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